Britain is known for its world class sporting events, seeing as to how some of the finest sports in the world can be found in Britain. Many of the major sports that the world enjoys today first originated in the UK, such as football, cricket, rugby, golf, tennis, and even track and field.
Sports is the number one source of entertainment for Brits, and stadiums and arenas are usually jam packed with fans during huge sporting events. Whether you’re wanting to watch the F1 British Grand Prix or the British Open Golf Championship, you can be sure that the event is going to be a hit. Here are some of the top British sporting events to look out for.
F1 British Grand Prix
The British Grand Prix is a huge race in the FIA Formula One World Championship that takes place at Silverstone Circuit each year. Silverstone is so big, it can hold thousands of fans. Recent races held in 2019 had nearly 350,000 people during the duration of the weekend. All British Grands Prix have been held in England, home of the British motor racing industry. Originating in 1926, it is the oldest F1 race in the world. It, along with the Italian Grand Prix are the only two F1 World Championship Grands Prix that have been staged during every season that the championship has been held.
Open Championship Golf
Sometimes referred to as the British Open, this major golf championship is played each year in July, and lasts over four days. The Open, the oldest golf tournament in the world, is usually held on one of nine Scottish or English links courses, and holds an annual prize fund of $4.2 million, with $750,000 being awarded to the winner. The Open is one of the four major golf tournaments in the world, alongside the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship, and the U.S. Open. The Open was first played back in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The championship is called the Open, because it is “open to all professional and amateur golfers. The Open is one of the most popular sporting events in the UK, and last year had over 235,000 in attendance, which was record-breaking.
FA Cup Final
The Football Association Cup Final, also known as the Cup Final, is the main prize in English football, and is a main event between football clubs in the FA. The FA Cup Final is played at Wembley Stadium in London and always attracts a huge audience. Both at the stadium and on television, the event is one of only ten that can be broadcasted live on UK terrestrial television. Each and every year, tickets sell out in the blink of an eye, and are resold for profit by fans. As of 2019, there have been 138 FA Cup Finals played over the years. The latest final was held in May 2019 and had over 85,000 people in attendance.
Wimbledon Tennis Championships
The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, The Wimbledon, takes place over two weeks in June, every year. It is included in the four Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, and the only tennis tournament that is still played on grass. Fans and spectators get to witness world class tennis played by top sportsmen and women in the game. Tennis players that have competed in this event include Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams, among many others. You have to apply for tickets, and applicants are chosen at random for this world class event. Wimbledon traditions include an all-white dress code for competitors and the royal who make an appearance. In 2019, there were over 500,000 in attendance at this prestigious event.
Twenty20 World Cup
The T20 World Cup is the international championship of International cricket. The event is organized by cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council. The Cup consists of 16 teams, which are made up of the top ten teams from the rankings and six other teams chosen through the T20 World Cup Qualifier. Since 2007, The Cup has been held every two years. Cricket is a very popular sport in the UK, and fans gather for this event when it is held. The last one was held back in 2018, and there were over 86,000 people in attendance.
There are many popular British sports, including football, cricket, field hockey, and rugby. England is a very sports-enthusiastic country, and sporting events are frequented by many. As a Brit, contrary to popular belief, I don’t play sports or have much interest in many sports. The closest thing to sports that I’m interested in is sports betting and playing various games with competitors online. Since I am more of a spectator, rather than a fan or participant, I have no problem attending British sporting events such as the ones mentioned above.